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Johann Gottlob Ficker violin
Johann Gottlob Ficker violin
Back view, Johann Gottlob Ficker, historic master violin
Back view, Johann Gottlob Ficker, historic master violin
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Johann Gottlob Ficker
Length of back: 35.7 cm
Year: approx. 1800
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Johann Gottlob Ficker, historic master violin dated approximately 1800

One of the best Saxonian luthiers of his day, Johann Gottlob Ficker I created this historic Markneukirchen master violin around 1800. It is both a musical rarity and the perfect choice for professional musicians and soloists. Its maker hailed from Markneukirchen, and even during his lifetime he was seen as an outstanding artisan; his reputation extended far past the Vogtland region, and his work could easily hold its own against Italian string instruments of the late 18th century. This antique violin pays tribute to the classic model crafted by Jakob Stainer and bears Johann Gottlob Ficker’s original mark on the inside of the body. The selection of such outstanding tone woods demonstrates the high standards Johann Gottlob Ficker had achieved at the zenith of his career, approximately 1800. The quality of the finely-grained spruce of the top and the narrow flames of the maple used for the two-piece back is evident at first glance, and they are enhanced by a luminous coat of bright yellow and highly transparent varnish. The self-confident carving in the upright scroll, delicate margins and magnificently crafted purfling are Johann Gottlob Ficker’s exemplary illustrations of these violin-making disciplines. It is quite remarkable that the violin is with minor repairs in perfect condition, given its advanced age and its long musical history, which can be seen in its interesting traces of use. Now that it has been meticulously set up by the luthiers at our workshop, we warmly recommend this exceptional Saxonian instrument because of its warm, golden, flute-like sound, compelling in its clarity, brilliance and volume.

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